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What is resort most renowned for?

Two girls on the  Princess Alice open top tram with Blackpool Tower and  sea front in the background

Two girls on the Princess Alice open top tram with Blackpool Tower and sea front in the background

From The Tower to the trams, the sandy beaches to Stanley Park – Blackpool has many claims to fame.

The Illuminations can be seen from space and the resort hosted the UK’s first air show.

Now residents are being urged to vote for what they think Blackpool is most renowned for, with a chance of it being included in a new tourism hall of fame being launched by VisitEngland.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for tourism and leisure, is urging residents to get involved.

He said: “I know Blackpool is a fabulous place to live and visit but we want to know what makes it so special for everyone else too.

“For me personally, Blackpool’s claim to fame has to be that it has so many wonderful attractions and a vast array of entertainment heritage. It’s great value, with so much to do, whatever the weather.”

The VisitEngland Hall of Fame app is asking the public to submit their home town’s greatest claim to fame under the categories The Great, The Good and the Notorious; Inventions and Discoveries; Food and Drink; History and Heritage; Culture and Entertainment and Sport and Leisure.

Shirley Hunt, of the Friends of the Illuminations, said the Lights should be considered for inclusion.

She said: “Whenever you mention Blackpool the Illuminations is the first thing people say to you.

“Even after all these years, they are still a huge draw and last year the Illuminations were one of the main reasons people visited the resort.”

You have until March 23 to submit your nominations, and Visit England will announce the shortlist on St George’s Day, April 23, for a public vote.

Chief executive of Marketing Lancashire Ruth Connor said: “There is so much to celebrate and share about Lancashire and this is a fantastic opportunity to show the world what we’re most proud of and the things that make us uniquely Lancastrian.”

Lady Cobham, VisitEngland’s chairman, added: “We hope the Hall of Fame app will inspire people to explore the brilliant, fascinating and unusual destinations on our doorstep, as well as unearthing some interesting English trivia at the same time.”

Anyone who nominates, or later votes for a claim, will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a weekend break away.

nNominations can be submitted at www.englandshalloffame.com, and on VisitEngland’s Facebook page.

You can also follow updates on Twitter using the hashtag #EnglandsHOF

 

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